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Jim Crawford

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1975 Volunteer Firefighter Milwaukie Rural Fire Protection District #56, Oregon

1976 Hired as Firefighter by MRFPD #56 - name of department later changed to Clackamas County Fire District #1

1979 Public Information and Education Officer CCFD#1

1984 Assistant to the Fire Chief CCFD#1

1986 Assistant Public Education Officer, Portland Fire Bureau, OR (CCFD#1 merged with Portland)

1987 Inspector Specialist, Portland Fire Bureau

1990 Assistant Fire Marshal, Portland Bureau of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (department name change)

1993 Division Chief Fire Marshal, PBFRES

2003 Fire Marshal, Vancouver Fire Department, WA

2005 Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal, Vancouver Fire Department

2010 Project Manager for Vision 20/20

January 1, 2020 retired



1984 Associate of Science Degree, Fire Science, Clackamas Community College, OR

2000 Bachelors of Science Degree, Management and Communications, Concordia University, Portland, OR


Local 1159, IAFF in Clackamas County Oregon, past Vice President

Oregon Fire Education Association, past President

Washington State Fire Marals Association, past Board Member

Facilitator and co-founder of the North American Coalition for Fire and Life Safety Education

International Fire Marshals Association, past President

National Fire Protection Association, member and past Standards Council member

Institution of Fire Engineers USA Branch, Fellow

International Association of Fire Chiefs, Lifetime Member

Washington Public Fire Educators, Lifetime Member



Past regular columnist for Fire Rescue Magizine (prevention and community risk reduction)

Chapter author on prevention for the International City Manaagers "Greed Book" on Managing the Fire Services

Author of Fire Prevention Organization and Management, Brady

Chapter author on Community Risk Reduction for the National Volunteer Fire Council book on volunteer fire service management



1984 Recipient of Golden Sparky Award for fire prevention leadership, Oregon State Fire Marshal

1987 Recipient of Award of Excellence for smoke alarm campaign in Portland, OR from the International Association of Fire Chiefs

1992 Recipient of Fire Command Fellowship from the National Fire Protection Association (fire service marketing)

2009 Recpient of Fire Marshal of the Year from Washington State Fire Marshals Association

2011 Recipient of the Fire Protection Person of the Year award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers

2011 Recipient of the R. Wayne Powell award of excellence from the U.S. Fire Administration's Prevention, Advocacy, Resource and Data Exchange group

2013 Recipient of the Dr. Anne Phillips award for ongoing contributions to public fire and life safety education from the International Fire Service Training Association and the Congressional Fire Services Institute

2015 Recipient of the Percy Bugbee award from the International Fire Marshals Association

2019 Recipient of the Community Hero Award for leadership from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy

Jim Crawford

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  • The National Fire Heritage Center
  • Physical Address: 17701 Creamery Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
    Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 76, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
  • Phone: (916) 667-1313